A new free, statewide campaign has been created to give New Yorkers a "clear pathway" to college and careers in a post-COVID economy.

Registration is now open for students to enroll for the spring semester. Students that complete any of the Online Training Center certificates and hold a high school diploma or a high school equivalency credential will be automatically accepted to any of SUNY's 30 community colleges or SUNY Empire State College.

What's even better? When I was applying to colleges, I feel like I spent an arm and a leg on application fees. Not only does this put students in the right direction by completing those training sessions, but having the application fee waived will be a huge sigh of relief for many.

According to News 10, even before the coronavirus pandemic, was projected that 65% of jobs in the U.S. would require post-secondary education through 2020, and recent projections show that increasing to 70% by 2027. Currently, more than 2.2 million New Yorkers between the ages of 25 to 44 have no degree, and 2.6 million between the ages of 45-64 are without one.

What's even better about this? These online programs, coupled with success coaches, will help more New Yorkers earn a higher education degree. Additionally, small business owners can start or grow their enterprises with EntreSkills, the free online entrepreneurial education course developed by the New York Small Business Development Center.

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The free certifications include:

  • College Preparation (High School Equivalency)
  • Allied Health (Electronic Health Records, Pharmacy Technician)
  • Business and Industry (Advanced Manufacturing)

To be eligible, you must be a New York State resident from a low or moderate-income household, without a post secondary degree, who may be unemployed or recently laid off.

You can find out more by visiting SUNY For All online.

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